I absolutely loved this place. One week before our trip to Costa Rica, I received an email that our hotel in Playa Brasilito burned down. We scrambled to find a place and luckily, I took a second look at Sueno del Mar and they had one room open-- the Osita. It was meant to be. Edwardo showed us around the grounds of the B&B and the whole time I thought, this is sooo much better than the pictures!! Our room was very large, but dark. It did not matter, the best part was outside on our private patio with private outdoor shower and bathroom-- absolutely gorgeous. We watched the monkeys and giant lizards from our shower! We had a gecko living in our room, but we were used to this-- they were in every room we stayed in in Costa Rica! The breakfasts were simply amazing-- I would eat there everyday if I could. The décor around the eating area, pool and beach area was just beautiful-- it felt like I was living in a magazine. My husband and I did not have a car so it took a little extra work to eat and go anywhere. For our first lunch, we went across the street and ate at the pool restaurant at Cala Luna-- gorgeous hotel and great meal. For dinner, we walked down the beach (~20 min) to Tamarindo and ate at Seasons (Edwardo had highly recommended it) and we loved it too. We easily took a cab home.
The next day, Edwardo had suggested that we check out a famous beach bar called Lolas. We walked to Tamarindo and took a shuttle to a hotel near the bar and walked quite a ways down a deserted beach until we got to Lolas. It was a cool bar with tons of surfers-- I would only go there if you have a car. We payed a local to drive us back! For dinner, we walked to Tamarindo again, and walked to the far edge of town to a restaurant called Pangas. Edwardo said it had a great atmosphere and inconsistent food-- we were totally bummed because they had a private party going on and it was closed. It looked awesome inside and I would totally have loved to check it out! Instead we ended up eating at Copacabana. Oddly, all of the restaurants were totally dead and this was one of the only ones with a few people in it. Food and atmosphere were pretty good.
Honestly, we did not feel super safe in Tamarindo at night. I was a little uncomfortable because the streets are not well lit if you get a little off the main drag and there were some sketchy characters around- this was the first place in Costa Rica that we were asked a few times if we wanted to buy drugs. I was glad I had the flashlight app on my phone because we used it to walk around. I was very glad to not be staying in Tamarindo.
Thanks for a great stay!